Below are “not so tipsy” tips to reduce alcohol intake...
- Try dry February. Studies show that forgoing alcohol for one month may reduce future alcohol consumption.
- Limit alcohol consumption to weekends only. Think of how much better your sleep will be during the week!
- Drink a bottle of water between each alcoholic drink. This will reduce alcohol intake and reduce your risk of dehydration and hangover.
- Make mocktails using flavored seltzer water.
- Keep a “tip jar” for money not spent on wine, beer, or spirits. Treat yourself to something special with the money.
- Celebrate holidays with sparkling cider.
- Pay attention to peer pressure. Avoid being coerced to drink in social situations.
- Don’t drink and drive. This is a no brainer.
By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD
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- de Visser RO, Nicholls J. Temporary abstinence during Dry January: predictors of success; impact on well-being and self-efficacy. Psychol Health. 2020 Nov;35(11):1293-1305. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2020.1743840. Epub 2020 Mar 27. PMID: 32216557.
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.